Coffees with Kids ☕️

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I became a coffee addict when my second son was born… I also probably bored you all with images of coffees throughout my mat leave on instagram too! 


I went in search weekly for a good cup of coffee that would keep me going on tireder days but there were other factors I considered when coming up with my list below… 

SPACE-this isn’t a deal breaker for me based on another factor below but it definitely helps if there is space for the 2 boys, a buggy and the usual bag or two of ‘bits’

COFFEE-it can have all the space in the world but a lot of the ‘chains’ have space but awful coffee. 

FRIENDLINESS-for me when I potentially walk in with a buggy and another child in tow, even to a small establishment being instantly put at ease is a win for me. 

CHANGING FACILITIES-this can be a bit of an ask on some of the smaller independent coffee spots and it’s certainly not a deal breaker but it’s definitely an added bonus.

So with all the above in mind and not wanting to be subjected to bland/crap tasting coffee just because I’m a mummy and not a 20 something hipster here are a few of our fav spots….Oh and a good babychino for the toddler helps too 😂

Two Pups, Francis St-Fab coffee and cakes, a tiny little place but instantly given a warm welcome when I arrived in with two in tow!

Network, Aungier St-A very cool little spot with great coffee and drool worthy sambos, despite its size again you are put at ease with friendly staff.

Two Boys Brew, Phibsbourgh-This was a bit of a trek for us but visited on a day out and it was well worth it, a lovely space, great coffee and really helpful staff.

Fia, Rathgar Road-A divine little spot that I almost like to keep for solo visits and a blissful brunch but couldn’t be nicer when you visit with baby in tow.

Foam, Terenure-A move away from the usual 3fe coffee here but still a delicious cuppa and on a busy morning we were welcomed and accommodated for a quick cup of coffee which was greatly welcomed.

Foodgame, Ringsend-Another spot that’s small and welcoming and their brownies and mars bar krispies are the best around so this is definitely the place to come for a sugar hit with delicious Ariosa coffee too.

Pot Bellied Pig, Rathmines-A very chic little spot but they didn’t stop the guy reading my mind and bringing me a freshly baked brownie with a large cappuccino on a day it was badly needed so this place had to make the list!

Mayfield, Terenure-A local spot with a very inclusive feel, they are used to customers with kids and you feel that when you walk in. A scone and a milky coffee here will set you up for the day!

Square One, Sandyford-I found this spot as it’s right behind my nearest Aldi and I’m so glad a I did, I soon became a regular. The space is great, big and bright. Handy changing facilities and really good coffee that comes in 2 sizes-large for me most days! The staff are really friendly too which makes it a winner all round.

3 of the chain type coffee spots that are by ‘go to’

Marks & Spencer-this is usually a convenience factor but I’m not going to like their Almond Crossaints and a Flat White is hard to beat! 

Cafe Nero-of the chain coffee shops I probably find this the best one, the coffee is the best of a bad lot and pastries always look appetising. It feels like a comfier, cleaner space than most. 

Butlers Cafe-I genuinely like their coffee, it’s on the stronger side and who can resist the free chocolate too. 

I hope some of these make your list for the week ahead as I know a cofeee or two is what gets me through… Happy Monday! 

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Child friendly eating spots!

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It was reported recently from a research carried out by Sudocream  that 64 percent of Irish parents have left a public venue due to a lack of changing room facilities and over 30 percent have changed their baby on a bathroom floor. 

I had been meaning to write this post for a while and when I saw this come into my inbox I thought there as no better time. 

Unfortunately there is a lot more to consider when going for coffee/brunch or lunch with a baby or child in tow. I have been surprised by some of my favourite spots either not having high chairs, not having baby changing or both! It is probably strategic on their part but when you have a baby you still want to eat yummy food so it can be a little frustrating. 

 
Some establishments have it sussed like, Mayfield-very child friendly downstairs but a dedicated upstairs section for the hangover brunch crew at the weekends. I get it-in my child free days I didn’t fancy screeching and crying over my eggs benedict either! 
 
La Bucca-this spot was recommended to me by a work friend and there are a few branches around. Local and friendly with tasty grub and fab chicken wings apparently-just what you need for a family supper out!

Bulman-this well known spot in Kinsale is a firm favourite with us for a few years now but when we returned with Josh last spring they could not have been more accommodating despite thier small size.  


La Mere Zou-this city centre restaurant has since closed its doors but for a restaurant st the upper end of the scale when we went with a voucher they were so child friendly it was a Livorno surprise. I think there is a time and a place but for early bird offerings a few spots could definitely rose this service in board. 

RIBA-this is a local spot for us that I feel so lucky to have on our doorstep. Fab food, fab service and always child friendly but when going without kids in tow they now how to treat it as a special night out for you. From brunch to lunch to dinner it never lets you down. 


Avoca-always great space and yummy treats to keep all the family happy. 

Airfield-we are members here but even before we were I spent a lot of time up here on my maternity leave with Josh. Great space, easy access, good changing and then the beautiful gardens and farm for a stroll. 


Milano-simple food but couldn’t be more child friendly. Great mini menu and activites to keep little ones happy. A very handy family dinner spot. 


Fallon & Byrne Dun Laoghaire-a really lovely place but don’t be put off by the sophisticated interior and adult feel. The few times we have been there they have been child attentive and friendly. Also right in people’s park for a run around after!

Platform Pizza-this place is in Bray and with delicious pizza and cool interior this is a great weekend trip to make with plenty to do in Bray too. 


There are many more.. Do you have any to add to the list? 

One thing you can do if you know of a top spot is enter them into this competition and you could even win a prize too!

 Visit www.sudocrem.ie to register your vote today. The closing date for entries is Friday, 30th September, 2016. The prize winner will be announced after the voting closes.

 

Joshua’s Christening Day

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We baptised Joshua on the bank holiday Sunday and he also turned 6 months on the Monday so it’s been all go but in a really good way.

From the start of May it was all prep for his big day and I really enjoyed it, I’d ordered bits online, prepared jars with ribbons for the venue and the flower seller was getting in my selected blooms. A bit mad you might say but as a party planner I like to plan a party so plan a party I did.

You can see the fruits of my labour below and links to some of my suppliers. We kept it simple but I think it worked really well. Scrolls and bat trees borrowed at the church enhances by rubenesque ribbon. Back at our afters venue we had a cake table for after our grub all produced by friends, beautiful blooms and bespoke menus as well as kiddy activity bags that went down a treat.
It was such a special day and really cemented the journey we have taken as a little family over the last 6 months. Josh lapped up the attention and granny took him home for a couple of hours and we went out for a small adult celebration with godparents and friends.

Here are some of my suppliers:
Napkins and Cake Cases: Molls Parlour
Kids Activity Bags: Favour Factory & Euro Shop
Signage: Jill Blanc
Venues: Mayfield & House Dublin
Flowers: Gerry’s Flowers, Baggot St
Cakes: Friends
Props: Plan My Party
Clothes:
Mum & Dad-Zara & River Island
Josh-Monsoon, Converse & Ralph Lauren

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